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How can I remove an app if it doesn't exist in the Play Store anymore?

I have the ES File Explorer and the DU Recorder apps installed on my phone, but they cannot be found in the Play Store anymore. So, how can I uninstall those apps?
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The Play Store, GMS and certain apps break when auto-updating on my old Note 4, requiring `pm uninstall` via ADB to fix. What might the root cause be?

Kind of 90% at the "just concede defeat and see if a factory reset/different ROM will fix it" stage, but before I take the plunge (and hope I didn't miss anything w/ backups), I want to see ...
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How to restore purchases in an app that is no longer available on Google Play

A good friend of mine played a game called "Cordy" years back. The first three levels in Cordy could be played for free, the ones after that you had to unlock via In-App purchase. Back then, ...
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Since when it is no longer possible to download APKs directly from Google Play?

As far as I could search on the site, this has always been the case. I could be totally wrong, but I remember being able to download directly from the "Android Market" back then (unless it ...
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Where in the Play Store can I see reaction from an app developer

I recently sent private feedback to the developers of Microsoft Launcher (Beta), using the app's Feedback option (Options > Help and Feedback > Send feedback). Now, a few days later, I got a ...
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How to check which installed apps have been taken off the google play store?

Each time I restore my apps using my Google account I find out that some apps were just left out; the apps were no longer available on the Google Play Store. How can I confirm that all apps installed ...
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What is this Tree/woman’s head icon in notifications bar [duplicate]

It looks like a tree or a woman’s head so I’m not too sure.
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How do I switch to an older version of a build for Google Play Store Internal Testing

In Apple Testflight the app allows me to switch to an older build so long as it hasn't expired. What's the equivalent of that on Google Play Store?
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Hancent SMS Still not working on my Android phone [duplicate]

When will my app come back? It's completely gone from my apps. When will it be available again?
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I woke up this morning to find the Handcent SMS app had been deleted from my phone and the Google app, what's going on? [duplicate]

I'm missing the Handcent text app from Google Play as well as my phone. It doesn't make sense, no warning, nothing!
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Handcent Next SMS removed - will it be back? I have info but no rep [duplicate]

Got this answer from support, but I can't post it as an answer or in comments because I'm a nobody with no reputation: Our app Handcent Next SMS has been misidentified as malware by Google, we are in ...
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Handcent Next SMS just flagged by Play Protect -- what's going on?

I've been using Handcent Next SMS app for many years. A few moments ago, the Playstore's Play Protect just disabled the app on my phone saying the following: This app is fake. It tries to take over ...
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Game install and android thing [duplicate]

Why is my Android phone adding these android symbols when ever I install a new game from Google play and can I remove them ?
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When someone logged in you account in his device while you're using in your phone [duplicate]

I was using my whatsapp no since many years,but today my account automatically logged out coz the same number allocated to another person as I was not using the sim (no calls &msg) I live outside ...
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"This app isn't compatible with your device anymore." "Device is not certified"

TL;DR see this Google support post to complain and upvote: https://support.google.com/android/thread/158332061?hl=en I have a OnePlus 7 Pro that is an excellent top end affordable phone. It's been ...
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VPN broke my network connection, how can I restore it?

I have a problem on my Lenovo K33a48 with Android 7.0. The problem manifests in almost all my google apps showing that there is no internet connection (Chrome, Play Store, Gmail), not syncing to my ...
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Decompile Weight Loss App

Where can the gifs in these applications be stored? Play Store I decompiled the APK but found no results I looked in the data folder with the help of a rooted device but couldn't find anything. I ...
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Do android apps look at your pictures if not needed?

Maybe I'm a bit paranoia, but I'm wondering if apps who don't work with your documents or files (games for examples) look at your pictures/files for advertising purposes. They will exist, but I'm I ...
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Checking info infinite loop + Play store blank screen

whenever I try to login using a google account, no matter the application, I get stuck in a page with "Checking info..." and an activity indicator, just nothing happens. Also, when I try to ...
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Always Shows 'App not installed' for only one app

Whenever I try to download Spotify app from apk,after installing process it says 'App not installed'.But when I try to install from play store the app directly installs without even downloading.In the ...
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Why does the "What's new" section in the Google Play Store now indicate "No information from the developer"?

In the Google Play Store, the "What's new" section for every Android app with an available update now claims "No information from the developer". This is happening even when ...
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How to clear Google Play Store & Google Play Services data / cache without allowing Google to force-update all apps on the Android device?

I find the Google Play Store and Google Play Services to be quite buggy. As such, I frequently need to delete the data and cache for each of them. The trick is figuring out a way to do this without ...
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Service "Finsky" loops indefinitely scheduling jobs and using large amounts of data traffic

Connected with ADB to a work device I manage, I see logcat with tag "Finsky" looping multiple times per second scheduling jobs and completing it. The logcat output albeit spammy is not a ...
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malware and viruses

Are applications downloaded from Play Store are not completely safe as Android is developed by Google and is based on Linux so they do not watch applications an end user is downloding why we need to ...
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Delete Android app installation history

I last used Android about 7 years ago, yet Google is still storing a list of “installed” apps. How do I delete this? I can browse it at https://play.google.com/apps. Things I’ve tried that didn’t work:...
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Re-enable Setting app that has been disabled

I mistakenly disabled my phone's Settings app after Play Store marked it as harmful. I can no longer change my setting or get into the phone setting again. What do I do?
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In "Account and device preferences", I tapped on and around my current profile. But why no list of other countries? Why can't I change country?

This website alleges Then, tap on the country that you want to set your account to, the available list of countries will vary. I tapped and pressed on the red rectangle — then the area around the ...
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Is it allowed for an app to ask for 5 stars with NO incentive?

I am aware of Play Store policy against reviews with an incentive. But is it OK if an app just asks the user to leave a 5 stars review if they're enjoying the app with no incentive whatsoever? Thanks!...
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Google Play Store showing an app on "All apps" but not on any of the devices

It is possible to see where an app is installed on a device on the Google Play Store web. I go to Apps - My Apps, and have a drop-down menu with all the devices. However, there is one particular app ...
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Bulk link already installed applications to replacement account on phone

I changed accounts on my Android phone (Pixel 4a) by adding a new Google account and removing the old account that had installed a bunch of apps from the official Google Play Store. I noticed that ...
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Accessing available app updates in Play Store app through a shortcut

It seems that Google is making it more and more difficult for users to check manually for the updates, trying to encourage people to keep automatic updates on. While I don't mind the automatic updates,...
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Feedback message for Google Play Services

Android 12 (no December 2021 update) Pixel 6 Pro I keep getting the feedback window for what appears to be Google Play Services popping up on my phone. It's trying to send a message including system ...
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TalkBack alternatives: to be plugged into the system

I was wondering whether it is possible to install alternatives to TalkBack on Android, and whether any such alternatives exist (similar to how you can plug a different keyboard in place of Gboard). ...
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Creating launcher icon to Google Play Store's "Manage apps & device" page (preferably in Nova launcher)

I had a home screen icon to the "Manage apps & device" page in Google Play Store. Specifically, I had this set up in Nova Launcher (Prime). I tried to recall how I accomplished this, ...
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During purchase money is deducted but the payment status is shown as cancelled-Tinder gold [duplicate]

If during purchase money is deducted but the payment status is shown as cancelled will the deducted amount be refunded automatically?It happened with me while purchasing Tinder gold and after my money ...
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Cannot install app from Play store - fail to connect

Installing an application from the Play store fails to download, a brief message states "please open my apps to establish a connection with the server" Search and update work as expected. ...
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How to handle Play store accounts in a medium sized company

What is the best way to handle Play Store in a medium company where it is not needed a google account for each user? We have about 30 users with Android, they don't have and don't need a google ...
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Why can't I install anything since Google Play Store downloads don't reach 100%?

Recently after a hard reset I can't use the Google Play Store on my 5.1 Lollipop. Whatever I try to download from the Google Play Store it gets stuck at some percentage and never reach 100%. Plenty of ...
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Windows 11 Hide Android Root

So I've managed to install WSA on Windows 11 and managed to get the Google Play Store app installed as well. However since the app I need isn't showing up on the Google Play Store on Windows 11, I've ...
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Prevent Facebook app from getting automatically updated on Samsung device

I have my auto-update turned off for all my apps on the Play Store. Still, I have noticed that my Facebook app shows updated 3 days ago. This happened today. I have noticed the same problem before 5th ...
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Play Store: is my country associated with a given email?

I'm testing in-app-purchases in my React Native app, and want to simulate testing as a user from a different country. I signed into the Play Store with a new email and can use a VPN on my phone to ...
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Bulk and auto install apps + phone configuration

I'm looking for a solution (free or paid) that allows me to e.g. connect an Android phone to a PC, launch a piece of software and wait until the phone is fully configured (settings, wallpaper, ...
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Tofu Learn - "Failed to connect to server" error on Android

Recently I got the error message "failed to connect to server" when trying to launch the Android app "Tofu Learn" for learning Chinese. the app was working before. I tried also to ...
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How does one properly install and run the google play store app on a xiaomi redmi 7 pro that was bought in China?

My cousin has a Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Android version 10, MIUI version "MIUI 12.5.1Stable 12.5.1.0(QFHCNXM)" (409dpi) that he bought 'to be delivered from China'. He recently accidentally ...
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Google play wishlist

Google play wishlist is empty ,how can I recover it.every item is gone that was on my list and I had to start over I didn't erase it but it is just gone
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Upgrade android 11 to work with sidesync

I use Samsung Galaxy 10a with android 11. I want to download SideSync from Google Play but a red message is displayed stating something like "your device is incompatible ..etc" I have ...
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Is Google deleting critical reviews from the Play Store? [closed]

I've had numerous factual critical reviews disappear from the Play Store. On more than one occasion, I received a notification that a developer had responded to my review. When I went to look at their ...
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Mobile Apps and Users Privacy

Is the below a true or false? When a user download an app from Google play store, and agrees to give the app the permissions like taking pictures and videos, access to the studio and the storage, and ...
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Can't leave beta test program for an app in the Play Store

A few months ago, I signed up to beta test the New Scientist app in the Google Play Store. Now, I would like to go back to using the production app. I went into Google Play Store and searched for the ...
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Is there a way to prevent Android from switching back to mobile data once it found and then lost WiFi connection on unrooted phones?

I use mobile data a few days per month. I'm charged 1$ whenever I enable the mobile internet (with WiFi not present) and then I can use it until the next day. If I don't disable it before midnight, I ...
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